Stunning Snapshots from Space Courtesy of Reid Wiseman

by Jason Major June 2, 2014

On May 28 the crew of Expedition 40/41 launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome, their Soyuz TMA-13M arriving at the International Space Station about eight and a half hours later. And it didn’t take much time for the newly-arrived NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman to start taking photos from his new vantage point in orbit and sharing them on Twitter for the rest […]

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Astronomers and Their Dobs: Paying a Twitter Tribute to John Dobson

by Nancy Atkinson January 16, 2014

12" of awesome Dobsonian love. Thanks #johndobson for the views! @universetoday @JPMajor — Scott MacNeill (@scottiemacneill) January 16, 2014 Amateur astronomers love their Dobs. As we said in a previous article, “A Dobsonian is simplicity in itself; a simple set of optics on a simple mount. But don’t be fooled by this simplicity. Dobsonian […]

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Captain Kirk Tweets the Space Station

by Jason Major January 4, 2013

 Chris Hadfield’s response to William Shatner got quite a bit of attention on Twitter You know that you’re living in a very special point in time when you can watch a man who became famous playing a starship captain on television send a tweet to a man who’s actually working in a spaceship orbiting the […]

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‘Live’ Tweeting Apollo 17’s Mission

by Elizabeth Howell December 21, 2012

  40 years ago on December 19, 1972, Apollo 17 splashed down on Earth, marking the end of the manned moon missions. The astronauts came back with a treasure trove of rocks collected in 22 hours of extra-vehicular activity on the lunar surface, including “orange” soil that ended up coming from an ancient volcano. Twitter […]

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Memorable Space Tweeps of 2012

by Elizabeth Howell December 10, 2012

To space Tweeps, Twitter is so much more than just a news service. It’s a community, a spot where everyone can showcase their interests and form professional bonds with each other. The most prominent space-themed Twitter accounts of 2012 somehow transcended their original purpose, too. A NASA Mars Curiosity account ended up hobnobbing with comedian […]

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